Scout Association: Finance

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 10th January 2018.

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Photo of Gareth Thomas Gareth Thomas Party Chair, Co-operative Party

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how much funding the Scout Association received from the Government in each of the last seven years; and the purposes for which that funding was provided.

Photo of Tracey Crouch Tracey Crouch The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

The Scout Association received £1,288,573 in FY 13/14 as part of the Department for Communities and Local Government-funded Youth United Foundation Social Inclusion Programme. This Programme was designed to increase young people’s access to voluntary youth activities in a number of targeted areas of deprivation across England.

In 2014, the Cabinet Office launched the £10 million Uniformed Youth Social Action Fund designed to create new uniformed youth group units. The grant was distributed by Youth United Foundation and included two funding rounds in FY 14/15 and FY 15/16. The Scout Association received the following funding during the lifetime of the fund:



Financial Year


Uniformed Youth Social Action Fund Round 1



Creation of places for harder to reach young people.

Uniformed Youth Social Action Fund Round 2



Piloting innovative approaches to engage young people with physical or learning disabilities.

The Scout Association also received £159,005 in FY 15/16 and £123,245 in FY 16/17 as part of the Department for Education’s Character Grant scheme. This funding was for a project entitled Character by Doing, a 12 month pilot project led by the Scout Association in partnership with the independent think-tank Demos and six schools to trial a schools-based model of Scouting in areas of deprivation.

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